Sermon: More Than Showing Up

Sermon Text: Matthew 22:1-14 Sermon Excerpt: I still remember the first sermon I ever preached.  Actually, I remember the preparation far better than the actual message . . . Thankfully no parishioners were exposed to or harmed by my effort. During the spring semester of my freshman year in college, I took an introductory course on preaching.  The goal was to learn how to prepare a sermon, and how to deliver it. When it came time to actually work on our own sermons the first task was Read More …

Review of God Is Not a Christian

Meet the Author and Editor The Most Rev. Dr. Desmond Tutu was the first black person to serve as General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches and the first to serve as Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa.  Tutu is best known for his tireless and effective work to end apartheid.  He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. Tutu Read More …

Nuclear Realities and Religious Responsibility

Last week I attended Florida Gulf Coast University's annual Interfaith Clergy Seminar, which is organized by the university's Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Human Rights Studies.  I have had the pleasure of attending this event three of the first four years it has been held.  Each year I appreciate the intentional interaction with clergy of other faiths more than the previous year. While there has been a highly regarded speaker at each seminar, this was the first year that the Read More …